J&K to Have BJP CM: Raina

Jammu and Kashmir BJP president Ravinder Raina | File Photo

Srinagar- BJP state president Ravinder Raina on Friday said that the party would not only be part of a future government in Jammu and Kashmir but also take the position of chief minister as the people of the region had “accepted” them.

Speaking to reporters on the sidelines of Bhaviya Pooja at the Shankaracharya temple in Srinagar, Raina said: “Let me tell you, the way people of J&K are accepting BJP, there will be BJP chief minister and BJP government.”

Further, hitting out at Pakistan, Raina said that the country’s denial of airspace to the much hyped Srinagar-Sharjah direct flight reflected its “ill mindset”.

“Flights will still go from Srinagar to Sharjah and the only difference will be that there will be a longer route. Now flights will first take off from Srinagar and then fly from Delhi to Mumbai and then to Sharjah,” he said.

‘Empower Jammu’

Meanwhile former legislator and a prominent face of the National Conference in the region, Devender Singh Rana on Friday called for the “empowerment of Jammu province as a mission” to strengthen the country.

Rana, who is now in the Bharatiya Janata Party, called for “collective efforts” towards this mission that he said “will eventually lead to the empowerment of Jammu and Kashmir and thereby a strong nation.”

“Let’s work with sincerity of purpose and single-mindedly in achieving this objective”, Rana said while interacting with devotees after the Goverdhan Puja at the historic Ram Mandir at Purani Mandi in Jammu.

Rana said that Jammu has to grow as an “equal player” with the “feeling of fair play ending the era of despondency, deprivation and dejection among the people.”

He also exhorted the public to be hospitable towards pilgrims arriving in Jammu, particularly towards the Shri Mata Vaishno Deviji and Shri Amarnath shrines. Senior BJP functionaries were also present during the puja ceremony at the temple.

The former legislator was among the most prominent faces of the NC in the region. He is also the brother of senior BJP leader and a junior minister in the central government, Jitendra Singh Rana.

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